Lock up your daughters, Roman’s on the loose: On Wednesday, a Swiss court ruled that embattled director Roman Polanski can be freed on bail, The Associated Press has learned.
The Oscar-winning lensman has not been released, pending a possible appeal by the Swiss government, which has 10 days to decide whether it will fight the bail decision. Polanski was arrested on September 26 in Zurich and has been fighting attempts to extradite him to the California, where there’s a want for his arrest on a 30 year old sex charge. The Chinatown director pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse after having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He later fled the U.S. and has lived abroad as a fugitive sought by U.S. authorities since.
The court set bail at $4.5 million and stipulated he must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and remain in his Swiss chalet under house arrest.
“The 76-year-old appellant is married and the father of two minors. It can be assumed that as a responsible father he will, especially in view of his advanced age, attach greater importance to the financial security of his family than a younger person,” the court said in its decision.